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Back Bay Mites win Seacoast Hockey League title

BACK BAY’S Cameron DiVito chases down a puck with Mount Washington Valley’s Kyle Littlefield in pursuit. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
March 14, 2011
WOLFEBORO — The Seacoast Hockey League tournament started out on a tough note for the Back Bay Mites and a great note for the Mount Washington Valley Mites, but two days later, the Back Bay kids were the ones celebrating with the Seacoast Hockey League tournament title.

Mount Washington Valley and Back Bay got the tournament under way in Wolfeboro on Friday, March 11, and Back Bay came out of the gate with three goals to start the game.

Colby Clegg got the Indians on the board first, scoring with 9:52 to go in the first period on assists from Cameron DiVito and Nicholas Davenhall.

Just 1:03 later, the Back Bay kids doubled the lead, as Clegg potted another goal on an assist from DiVito.

Brian Hastings then made it 3-0 with 4:25 left in the first period, as he finished off a feed from Drew Swinerton.

Mount Washington Valley finally got on the board with 2:25 left in the period, as Bryce Micklon found the back of the net on an assist from Caleb Micklon to make it 3-1 after one period.

Neither team got on the board in the second period, but Mt. Washington Valley closed the gap to one just 27 seconds into the second period, as Owen Galligan took a feed from Will Galligan and put it past Back Bay goalie Nick Potenza.

Back Bay scored the next goal, as Hastings broke in and beat MWV keeper Robert LeBlanc, Jr. to make it 4-2 with 7:32 to go in the game.

MWV didn't wait too long to cut the lead to one again, as Bryce Micklon took a feed from Will Galligan and broke in for the Eagles' third goal of the game, cutting the lead to 4-3.

DiVito came back with a couple of quick shots for the Back Bay kids but LeBlanc made the saves.

The two teams exchanged chances, with Potenza and LeBlanc both turning the pucks away.

The two teams also exchanged penalties, with Back Bay getting a great penalty kill from Clegg and Swinerton. Clegg also had a shot on net that was turned away by LeBlanc before the penalty expired.

DiVito and Clegg continued the offensive pressure for Back Bay, while Will Galligan made a nice move for the Eagles to force Potenza to make a big save.

The two teams went back and forth until the final 30 seconds when Bryce Terry got himself a nice birthday present by taking the puck down the ice and burying the tying goal with just 26 seconds to play.

The two teams then headed to overtime, where they played a four-on-four format for four minutes.

Back Bay got a power play just 11 seconds into the overtime frame, but it was MWV that scored, as Terry capped off his birthday with his second goal in the span of one minute of game time, taking the puck off a faceoff and firing it home for the shorthanded game-winner.

Mt. Washington returned to action on Saturday, March 12, at Dover and dropped a 6-2 decision to Concord.

Back Bay returned to action later on Saturday, March 12, and defeated Concord by a 5-3 score in Dover.

Because all three teams finished at 1-1, the tie-breaker coin flip went into account, with MWV earning an automatic bid into the finals.

Concord and Back Bay met up again on Sunday morning, March 13, in Dover, with Back Bay picking up a 5-3 win to advance to the finals.

In the finals, Back Bay came to play, scoring nine goals to knock off MWV by a 9-1 tally to capture the Seacoast Hockey League title.

The Mount Washington Valley roster consisted of Owen Galligan, Will Galligan, Colby Hall, Shane Johnston, Robert LeBlanc, Jr., Kyle Littlefield, Bryce Micklon, Caleb Micklon, Grace Murphy, Colby Olivier, Isaiah Scharnowske, Bryce Terry and Connor Tofflemoyer. The team was coached by Mike King.

The Back Bay roster included Logan Brown, Colby Clegg, Nicholas Davenhall, Reid Demain, Cameron DiVito, Hailey Fuller, Gavin Goodwin, Brian Hastings, Logan McEvoy, Nick Potenza, Connor Stanley, Cody Emerson and Drew Swinerton. The team was coached by Brian Hastings, Greg Bowen, Greg McEvoy and Jimmy DiVito.

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